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WP7 sales are slowing, but AT&T remains confident

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WP7 sales are slowing, but AT&T remains confident
We all know that Microsoft has their work cut out for them with the Windows Phone 7 OS. They are fighting years of negative image, thanks to Windows Mobile's waning popularity, and poor customer feedback. Early sales have shown the OS doing fairly well, with an unofficial report of 40,000 units. To get a more ground-level perspective, The Boy Genius Report surveyed local AT&T stores to get their impressions.

The survey includes 15 retail stores from New York, Miami, and Chicago. The stores all seemed to indicate that they had nearly sold out of their initial supplies, but their actual numbers were mixed. One store said that they "only have sold 1 since it came out; almost no interest." Another echoed their response, saying that "they are not flying off the shelves, people are being super cautious." These responses might be based on the locations' demographics, or it might be consumers waiting to see what else the holiday season brings to market.

Other stores reported better figures. One such store said that they had sold "between 10-15; Samsung seems more popular than the HTC model." The preference for the Samsung Focus over the HTC Surround was echoed by more stores, who cited the Super AMOLED screen as the deciding factor.

The responses, which were largely lackluster, seem to conflict with AT&T's impressions of their retail progress. Spokesperson Mark Siegel said that AT&T was "encouraged" by early sales. This is in part due to the fact that Microsoft and AT&T haven't expected an iPhone-like launch of millions of units. They are instead counting on a gradual improvement in reputation, and then an increase in sales. As more consumers get their hands on a WP7 device, or those of their friends, they'll see that Windows Phone 7 is certainly worth consideration.

source: BoyGeniusReport via Electronista

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posted on 11 Nov 2010, 21:44

1. hefavitzen (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Feb 2008)


Maybe the Surround isn't selling so well due simply to the fact that it is a ridiculous phone. It is hard to imagine actually wanting to spend much time listening to tiny speakers that pop out of a cell phone.

As well, AT&T got all the lame WP7 phones so the fact that there are no lines out the door isn't overly surprising.

T-Mobile and Europe got all the sweet phones, ATT...the dregs.

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 22:50

2. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


samsung focus is a great phone but the surrounds speakers are unneeded and heavy and the lg looks like shit. Thats why samsungs winning

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 23:10

3. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Other than the WP7 OS running on the devices, there really is nothing too special and unseen which is what people are more interested in. Especially when the OS is new and untrusted. Of course they wont be flying off the shelves.

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 14:48

4. j (unregistered)


I bought 2 Focus and 2 Quantum for my family of 4 in a Raleigh, NC store yesterday. After purchase, salesman said all WP7 phones flying off the shelves, that we were lucky he had them in stock, epically the Focus.

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